Orleans County Fishing Reports: Lake Ontario (Pt. Breeze)/Oak Orchard River

This week’s STREAM fishing report is by Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge, Albion, NY – April 9, 2019.

Ideal fishable flows in Oak Orchard River are at about medium with 2 feet or so of stained visibility.  Reports of some water level fluctuations through yesterday probably as a result of a hydro plant emergency shutdown, and today looks like the good flows are restored.  A bit of rain early Monday should maintain flows so look for medium flows to prevail through the week provided there is no new significant precipitation.  After a couple of warm days, the forecast ahead this week looks seasonably cool so look for the good conditions to hang in without any great water temp spikes in the near future.  Windy conditions are expected today.

Through the past weekend guys reported good action Saturday and a little tougher through Sunday.  Steelhead are spread through the river and mostly on gravel or adjacent staging spots around gravel.  Concentrations of fish at the dam will probably be less as the calendar clicks toward spring.  For this mid-week period, so far there’s lite fishing pressure at best.  The other area smaller tributaries have medium flows and slightly stained water color.  The latest precipitation should help maintain flows there.

In all the waterways, anglers will find a mix of spawning, staged, drop back or fresh fish.  So far this spring, it looks like the action will continue to be spread out much like the previous winter was with ups and downs in the action.  Remember though, the water temps warm up none-the-less through April so now, while cool conditions prevail, is the time to try for steelhead.  A few bass are in the mix in the lower reaches and suckers are more numerous too.

This week’s LAKE fishing report is by Capt. John Oravec – Tight Lines Charters – April 9, 2019.

First king of the season! Courtesy Intimidator Sportfishing

The April Spring setup of the shallow waters along the Orleans County coastline is underway! Already, charter and recreational anglers are hitting typical brown trout with bonus Lakers and a rogue king salmon. The outflow of the Oak Orchard River along with other trib’s, create warm fish-holding pockets right against the shoreline so spread your lines out with long line/planer board tactics in 5′ to 15′ depths and watch your rods. It’s prime time for shallow running stickbaits like Challenger’s, Rapala’s and Bay Rat’s in vivid colors. You will be hearing a lot more from Capt. Johnny Oravec!

For now, go get ’em! Fish On!

Pen Rearing Update

NY DEC delivered 90,590 Chinook salmon and 10,000 steelhead to pens at Ernst’s Lake Breeze Marina Monday, 4/8/19. They will be penned for approximately 3 weeks where they will double in size before they are released into the lake.

From Point Breeze on Lake Ontario, the World Fishing Network’s Ultimate Fishing Town USA and the rest of Orleans County, let’s make everyday a great fishing day right here in Orleans County!


The Team at Orleans County Tourism